Saturday, June 23, 2012
On Saturday I was invited by my friend Greg to visit the Shavano Valley Petroglyph Park near Montrose. I’ve been wanting to visit this site for quite a while, but never got around to getting permission to go, so I jumped at the opportunity. Amanda and I planned to head back up into the San Juan Mountains again this weekend, so it worked out perfectly since we would be driving through Montrose on our way. We left Grand Junction very early so we could meet Greg at the park around sunrise. We ended up spending a few hours searching the cliff faces for petroglyphs and taking photos. Here are a few photos of the petroglyphs…
Our favorite petroglyphs at the site were at the Bear Dance Panel.
A closer look at the bear climbing a tree petroglyph. Very unique and cool!
This was another large panel of petroglyphs next to the Bear Dance Panel.
There were a few petroglyphs of footprints in the area.
A faded panel with what appears to be a handprint petroglyph with six fingers.
This interesting panel was sheltered under an overhang. A nice setting for some petroglyphs.
These petroglyphs were found high above another large panel.
There were also a few historic inscriptions found here. These were the two oldest ones I saw.
Here’s another look at a bear petroglyph from the Bear Panel.
This panel was also located right next to the Bear Dance petroglyphs.
These two petroglyphs were found alone away from the other large panels.
Before we left the park and headed up into the mountains, we stopped at this horse petroglyph hidden among some lichen covered rocks.
We had a nice morning photographing the petroglyphs before it started to get hot out!